Canadian middleweight Marc-Andre Barriault seems for third straight UFC win

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Canadian middleweight Marc-Andre (Energy Bar) Barriault will look to increase his UFC win streak to a few when he takes on Brazil’s Michel (Demolidor) Pereira on a UFC Struggle Evening card subsequent month in Las Vegas.

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Barriault (16-6-0) is coming off victories over People Eryk (Ya Boi) Anders and Julian (The Cuban Missile Disaster) Marquez.

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The 33-year-old native of Gatineau, Que., who now makes his dwelling in South Florida, has received three of his final 4. Barriault, who misplaced his first three bouts within the promotion, is now 5-5-0 with one no contest within the UFC.

Pereira (28-11-0 with two no contests) poses a tricky problem, having received his final 5 UFC fights.

The 29-year-old Brazilian strikes up a weight class after lacking the welterweight restrict by three kilos towards American Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson in July at UFC 291. That struggle was subsequently scrapped.

The primary occasion of the Oct. 14 card on the UFC’s Apex manufacturing facility pits American (Tremendous) Sodiq Yussuf, ranked eleventh amongst featherweight contenders, towards No. 13 Edson Barboza of Brazil.

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Barriault has rebounded from a third-round submission loss to American Anthony (Fluffy) Hernandez in September 2022, a struggle that noticed the Canadian dislocate two ribs within the first spherical.

The UFC has proved to be a roller-coaster trip for Barriault.

He misplaced his first three fights within the promotion earlier than stopping Oskar Piechota in June 2020, solely to fail a drug check. Barriault blamed the optimistic check for ostarine on tainted dietary supplements with the UFC backing his declare.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Company agreed, discovering “no proof of intentional use,” and handing down a six-month ban “in keeping with low-level ostarine circumstances with proof of contamination.” Barriault was additionally suspended for 9 months by the Nevada State Athletic Fee, fined US$2,100, and had the Piechota final result modified to a no-decision.

Barriault received his subsequent two fights earlier than being knocked out in simply 16 seconds by American Chidi (Chidi Chidi Bang Bang) Njokuani in February 2022. He rebounded by choking out American Jordan (The Beverly Hills Ninja) Wight in April — at a catchweight of 190 kilos as a result of he took the struggle on brief discover — earlier than the Hernandez bout.